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Monday, January 19, 2009

Fading Memories Haiku


One Single Impression posts: Geraldine of My Poetic Path is back with an encore; this week's prompt is fading memories. Please visit Geraldine's blog to read her poem.


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fiery poppies
drop petal after petal
blackened pod

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feuds simmer
stir flash and fury
battles boil

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burning bush
limbs and flapping leaves
ash to ash


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Original Watercolor by Sue.

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27 comments:

Deborah Godin said...

I particularly like the first one, with the petals that have faded, leaving only the pod - and the fire metaphor.

if said...

I can see that......thank you!

fourwindshaiga said...

The poppy poem really stuck me.

A funny thing, our love of flowers is based more on the memory that the brief time we have them. Even now, in the snowy winter, the thought of flowers gives me pleasure.

One of my future plans- watercolor lessons. Yours have impressed me so.

gmarie said...

Fiery poppies & fueds..nice contrast-

SandyCarlson said...

Yes..yes...yes again. They all speak to me. The center poem about the feud could well be a haiku family history!

And the poppies darkening the water...makes me think of the way we try to remember and how so often we don't.

Quiet Paths said...

Sue, poppies are a big part of my garden and also a symbol of the collective memory - for me. How fitting you would write that first poem.

Amias said...

Sue ... what can I say that haven't been said ... this is of course after I have read and re-read.

It's amazing the images you can paint with so few words ... and one faded memory you brought back ... is not fading fast enough, family feuds!

Gordon Mason said...

Like the second one ... a stir fry! And how the other two go from bright to dark.

zoya gautam said...

..small canvas-big picture~miniatures!..many thanks..

floreta said...

oh i like your watercolor!

anthonynorth said...

Again, powerful, but also beautiful.

Jim said...

I like your fiery poppies the best. It is light, at least for me. The simple but beautiful water color adds so much for it. It steers my recollection as I can not visualize (poppies here) at all, not one bit.

The second surely is true, in Texas we have "remember the Alamo" that always comes up. And since I am not a Southerner by birth I get called a 'Yankee' quite a bit down here. My retort? I say yes, I, and a whole bunch more, was needed to finish up what the Carpet Baggers tried to accomplish.
Of course we rely on the memories of memories now deceased for all that. Simmering, it lingers on.
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JP/deb said...

This trio of haiku work so well together ... and the icing on the cake, your beautiful watercolour! Thanks for sharing :)

Peace, JP/deb

Julia Smith said...

Fascinating collectionof haiku. The final one is my favorite, but I love how they work with one another.

'burning bush
limbs and flapping leaves
ash to ash'

Really visual.

Geraldine said...

I want this painting Sue, I really really do!!! So beautiful and your words perfectly accompany this lovely work. Well done!

Jeeves said...

Last one...My pick..All are beautiful

Little Red said...

Gorgeous art work!

And thanks for visiting me this weekend. :)

Beth P. said...

Tumblewords--
Lovely haiku--you are so prolificly consistent!

I liked the poppy one best, too...
but they are all great!

Ella said...

Writing a haiku poetry takes great mental concentration I think in it truest form. Very difficult to write from my point of view.

It reminds me of one I had published years ago. I will have to pull it out. I forgot all about it until I explored your blog. Love the art designs too, which takes one's imagination to a different place visually. What a lovely blog.

I love Japanese Sumi ink watercolor paintings. Anything Japanese really as my father lived there once and was a in communications. He brought back some neat things and stories.

Have a great day.

Ella

Noah The Great said...

I finally caught up with the work I missed over the past few months. Good work, as always!

gel said...

Excellent use of the fire theme to show how memories fade along with wonderful word choice for effective alliteration (fiery, feuds, flash, fury, flapping and blackened, battles, boil, burning bush) Each stanza is a delight to read and stands on its own as a poem.

paisley said...

that second one sounds like my family!!!! something or someone is forever on fire.. or stewing over something....

Pretty Me!! said...

Nice ones... n i ma sad u r not visiting my blog :(

totomai said...

these haikus are gems. absolutely enchanting.

UL said...

you are inspiring me to haiku again, perfect memories that fade but never leaves...

Patti said...

Beautifully written! I love the picture~

Patti

Mirage said...

Your watercolors are awesome! I havent seen a lot yet but Im impressed!!! Wow!